Indemnity Insurance Information

As well as the core policy cover the additional benefits available through the ANZASW scheme represent real value to members, not the least of which is the independence it affords them in the event of a problem arising. Their employers, on the other hand, may not see this independence in the same light as it reduces the employer’s control over the employee at a time when the employee might otherwise be particularly vulnerable and dependent on the employer. In fact the primary driving force behind the establishment of ANZASW’s cover was a situation where two employee social workers were denied access to the employer’s indemnity policy and had to face a claim over their professional competence unprotected by insurance.

ANZASW has arranged indemnity insurance on behalf of members since 1995. The Insurance Broker acting on behalf of ANZASW is Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers based in Wellington.  Attached is some information with regards to making a claim:

 


Important Notice for Student Members

Student members of ANZASW completing supervised practicum placements as part of their social work education programme are covered by the ANZASW Indemnity Insurance during the placement. Students undertaking casual, formal or part time social service work to supplement their income while studying are covered by the ANZASW Indemnity Insurance providing the work they do is supervised in accordance with their workplace supervision protocols. 

ANZASW’s constitution requires all competent (i.e Full) members to be provided protection by the Association’s member indemnity policy, but this has been extended to all other membership categories.  The current insurance policy (and premium etc) is arranged/agreed pursuant to this. The benefits to members of having their own insurance protection, even for employed members whose employer has an indemnity policy, include:
  1. Greater certainty of protection. Comment: the employer may or may not have complied with the conditions of their own policy – it may in fact not be renewed.
  2. The ability to mount one’s own defence independent from the employer. Comment: Often enough in the event of a claim the interests of the employer and employee may be somewhat disparate.
  3. Availability of one’s own limit of indemnity. Comment: the employer’s insurance may be exhausted in defending itself.
  4. Additional unique benefits – such as the cover for ethics hearings, daily allowance for court appearance, the free legal service.
Comment: these would not normally be included in an employer’s policy.
As well as the core policy cover the additional benefits available through the ANZASW scheme represent real value to members, not the least of which is the independence it affords them in the event of a problem arising. Their employers, on the other hand, may not see this independence in the same light as it reduces the employer’s control over the employee at a time when the employee might otherwise be particularly vulnerable and dependent on the employer. In fact the primary driving force behind the establishment of ANZASW’s cover was a situation where two employee social workers were denied access to the employer’s indemnity policy and had to face a claim over their professional competence unprotected by insurance.
Please do not hesitate to communicate with the Association’s Insurance Brokers if you require any further information on the insurance policy.

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In 2002 the Social Workers Legal Advisory Panel was set up as a unique value added service available to insured Social Workers. The service provides a panel of carefully hand picked and approved legal firms throughout New Zealand. The service is to benefit you:
  • if you have been subpoenaed as a witness,
  • if a client has uplifted their file and intimates that they will claim against you,
  • on other professional issues relevant to your cover provided under the ANZASW Member’s policy.
Policy features are as follows:
  • The policy covers claims first made upon the insured and reported to the insurers during the current policy year, providing the act giving rise to the claim occurred post the retroactive date of 1 July 1993.
  • The policy provides indemnity for claims arising from a Wrongful Act committed in the performance of a Social Worker’s professional services.
  • The insurer will pay for defence and costs for appearance at a hearing by professional licensing board, professional or government body concerning violation of social work service guidelines or unprofessional conduct.
  • Counselling and psychotherapy is covered by the policy provided any claims that arise do so as a result of work undertaken by insured’s in their social work profession.
  • The policy pays both any compensation awarded and legal costs and expenses.
  • Loss of earnings cover of $250 per day to a maximum of $5,000 for an insured to attend a hearing or trial.
  • Legal expenses cover of $25,000 for defence of Sexual Misconduct allegations.
  • Cover is included for defamation claims.
  • Cover includes Punitive Damages claims
The Association and the broker hold copies of the Master Policy, which is available to members on request.

All members of ANZASW are covered, provided they have supplied an updated annual declaration to ANZASW and that their membership fees are paid and up-to-date.  This includes students and non-practicing members as declared and agreed.

Limit of Liability

Refer to the documents at the top of this page

Two of the more important exclusions are:
  • Cover does not apply to claims or circumstances known or reported prior to a member joining ANZASW or being covered by the policy.
  • Claims made against a social worker as a result of any dishonest, malicious or illegal acts.

These include:

  • Libel and slander
  • Loss of documents
  • Trade Penalties and related legislation
  • One Automatic Reinstatement

Especially appropriate for members in private practice the policy also offers optional extensions to include Public Liability, Statutory Liability and Employers Liability. These extensions are available at special discounted member rates.

It is a requirement of the policy that an insured must give notice of any claim or circumstances which may give rise to a claim immediately they become aware of the claim or circumstances. If you should become aware of a claim or circumstance please contact the broker.

Iain McKenzie – Executive Broker
DDI 07 579 7627
PO Box 13-483, Tauranga, 3141
Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers
PO Box 496
Wellington, 6140
Tel: 0800 802 0040
Fax: 0800 802 0041

You will hear the following customised helpline message when you call 0800 694294

Welcome to the ANZASW Legal Advisory Helpline.Please select from one of the following options:
If you require legal advice on any issue that could give rise to a liability claim
  • If you are based in the South Island, press 1 and ask for Stephanie
  • If you are based in the lower North Island press 2 and ask for Jonathan
  • If you are based in the upper North Island, press 3 and ask for Duncan

At any time

  • If you wish to speak to Crombie Lockwood Advisor press 4 and Shona Heywood
  • If you wish to speak to Lumley Insurance about a liability claim or notify a new claim, press 5 and ask for a Liability Claims Holder
  • If you wish to talk to ANZASW, press 6

To hear these options again please Press 7 now.